Lower Manhattan Is Like A Different Country Right Now

More than 250,000 homes and businesses lost power Monday night after a massive explosion at a Con Ed power station on 14th street

Nearly everything below 39th street is dark — and it could stay that way for up to four days.  

Cell phone service is also limited and you can find people clustered in hotspots struggling to get a signal.  

The utility says it’s the largest storm-related-outage in their history. 

By Tuesday evening the sidewalks were still clogged with people — many on their way to seek refuge uptown — but with restaurants, movie theatres, drug stores and other shops plunged in complete darkness, New York looked like a shell of itself.  

The novelty is already starting to fade.  

The few stores that are still open are selling goods by candlelight. 

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Crowds are clustered in one area trying to get cell service. 

You can see the West Side is still lit up. 

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This store had a generator and was letting people charge up their cell phones.

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All boarded up.

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